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Make your own all-in-one tablecloth and tote bag

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Make your own all-in-one tablecloth and tote bag

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You need:

• 1 m (40 inches) cotton webbing (2.5 cm/1 inch wide) to match
• 2 m (80 inches) fabric (approx 110 cm/44 inches wide), such as quilting cotton or home decor fabric
• Thread to match
• Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and self-healing cutting mat, or scissors

Take a look at a larger image of the finished view of the tablecloth on the table and folded up as a tote bag.

To make:
1. Prepare webbing and fabric pieces: Cut webbing in half to make two 50 cm (20-inch) lengths; set aside. Cut 33 cm (13-inch) wide strip across one short edge of fabric. From strip, cut one 70 x 33 cm (28- x 13-inch) rectangle. Set fabric and scraps aside.

2. Make tote: Working with 70 x 33 cm (28- x 13-inch) rectangle and starting at one short end, turn wide hem (approx 2.5 cm/1 inch) to wrong side of fabric and press. Pin.

3. Measure 7.5 cm (3 inches) in from each side; pin ends of one length of webbing in place, matching ends of webbing with bottom of fold.

4. Edgestitch along top and bottom edges of fold, securing webbing.

5. Repeat with other piece of webbing and opposite end of strip.

6. Fold strip in half, right sides facing, aligning hemmed edges and webbing straps; pin along long edges. Using 1 cm (1/2-inch) seam allowance, stitch sides together. Set aside.

7. Make tablecloth: Working with remaining large piece of fabric, turn wide hem (approx 2.5 cm/1 inch) to wrong side and press; pin on three sides (two long sides and one short). Centre tote bag along remaining short side of tablecloth, aligning bottom edge of bag with fold. (Tablecloth and tote bag should have wrong sides together.) Pin. Edgestitch around all sides of tablecloth.

8. To stow tablecloth: Take a look as we fold the tablecloth and turn into a tote. Fold tablecloth in thirds, right sides together. Fold again in quarters [A], ending with tablecloth underneath tote bag [B]. Turn inside out and go!

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This story was originally titled "Picnic A-Go-Go" in the June 2012 issue.

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